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The 2019 University Dinner is a night of regional recognition

Sherie Ball

Up to 450 people attended The 2019 University Dinner in Launceston last month. The gala event celebrates our newest scholarship recipients, acknowledges the unwavering support of their donors and recognises the achievements of our alumni.

For many of the 2019 scholarship students, such as Bachelor of Architecture and Built Environment student Sherie Ball, the occasion provided the opportunity to spend time with their individual donors. Before Sherie won the Robert Fergusson Family Foundation Scholarship in Architecture & Design, she had been struggling financially.

A chronic illness and study commitments made it difficult to work regular shifts and she was driving from Latrobe to Launceston three days a week to study.

“The first year is an exciting year for many of us, it’s also a very expensive time,” she said at the dinner.

Starting her course required an investment in equipment, small costs that soon snowballed. When she added on transport and accommodation, the impact was significant. However, thanks to her scholarship, the financial burden has been eased.

“The income from my scholarship was able to help me through this difficult time, I’m incredibly grateful," she said.

Provost of the University of Tasmania Professor Jane Long said she was proud to showcase the fantastic achievements of talented alumni and students.

“In the future, I am sure we will hear much more about your many contributions and what our individual and collective successes mean to this region, to Tasmania and the world,” Prof Long said.

She also paid tribute to the scholarship donors for their life-changing gift.

“Your generosity is an exemplar of how the act of giving and partnership has a profound impact and provides lasting value not only to individuals and families, but to whole communities and indeed society.”

The Launceston dinner follows events in Hobart and Burnie earlier in the year.

Published on: 07 Nov 2019 4:35pm